Effects of Web-Based Health Information on Risk Behavior for Youth With Type 1 Diabetes in College

2016-08-31 15:23:22 | BioPortfolio


Adolescence and emerging adulthood are critical periods during which health outcomes may be imperiled for youth with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). Due to the strong presence of alcohol use in the college environment, college students with T1D may be especially vulnerable to these risks.

Our goal is to develop preliminary evidence in support of a scalable intervention targeting diabetes health management and alcohol use avoidance for college youth with T1D. For this project we will engage at least 120 youth with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in college. The study sample will be drawn from two national, non-profit, peer support based groups: the College Diabetes Network (CDN) and the TuDiabetes Network.

The study aims to determine the acceptability of various web platforms for engaging college students in completing a survey about their health and alcohol use and to compare effectiveness of delivery of a brief intervention delivered by a peer versus a provider. We plan to engage 120 college youth with T1D in completing a survey about their health knowledge and alcohol use behaviors.

We will collect pre/post survey data from participants about knowledge, attitudes, and practices/plans for diabetes self-management and alcohol use in college. In response to survey items, participants will provide information on topics including general and disease-specific health information, as well as attitudes, behavior, beliefs, and knowledge related to alcohol use. Participants will also respond to questions relating to social support, mental health, and perseverance and commitment to long term goals.

We will deliver to the engaged sample (N=120) a brief health information intervention about diabetes self-management and alcohol use risks, measuring effects on health knowledge. We will randomly vary the intervention according to the spokesperson delivering content, testing salience, recall, and effects on health knowledge, beliefs and behavioral intentions for content delivered by a peer versus a provider. While the main purpose of the pilot is to ascertain preferences in the absence of preliminary data, our a priori hypothesis is that peer delivery will have greater impact for this population.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Investigator), Primary Purpose: Prevention


Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1


Peer-Based Web-Based Health Information, Provider-Based Web-Based Health Information


Not yet recruiting


Boston Children’s Hospital

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2016-08-31T15:23:22-0400

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